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Not guilty plea from 81-year-old woman charged in roommate killing

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - An 81-year-old woman accused of shooting her male roommate three times in their Bay Park trailer park home pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and weapons charges.

Barbara Ruth Brand -- who appeared in court with a walker -- was ordered held in lieu of $1 million bail in the death of 57-year-old Paul Slysh.

Deputy District Attorney Amy Maund said Brand shot Slysh in the back, side and front torso area last Thursday afternoon.

Slysh was taken to a hospital and was originally expected to survive, but he died two days later, Maund said.

She said a motive for the shooting was still under investigation.

Maund said Slysh and Brand had been off-and-on roommates for several years, but their exact relationship was still unclear.

Police said Brand made an emergency call shortly after 4:30 p.m. to report that she had just shot Slysh in their home in the 1500 block of Morena Boulevard.

Brand told arriving patrol officers she had opened fire on the victim because she was angry at him, SDPD Officer David Stafford said.

Outside court Tuesday, a woman who said Slysh worked for her said the victim was terrified of Brand, who she called a "thief" and a "slimeball," without offering further explanation.

The defendant faces 35 years to life in prison if convicted of murder and a gun allegation, according to Maund.

A status conference and bail review hearing was scheduled for July 30.

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